Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies MA

The goal of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies graduate program is to create new knowledges, concepts and theories as they relate to diverse gendered and sexual identities and experiences, through the study and application of critical feminist theory, masculinities studies, queer and sexualities studies, and cultural and transnational studies.

The program integrates feminist interdisciplinary scholarship and new approaches to academic research and community engagement. Students are provided with research opportunities that cross academic fields, and situate their work in critically informed local, national, and transnational frameworks.

This interdisciplinary program represents a creatively engaged response to present and future needs for leadership in schools, colleges, universities, non-governmental organizations, and the cultural, public and private sectors. Skilled employees and researchers trained in the theories, methodologies and applications of Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies are in increasing demand in local, regional, national and international contexts, both rural and urban.


The program is a two-year, thesis-based M.A. in which fifteen credit units and an advanced research thesis must be completed. The program has an intake every other year, and students choose from three areas of specialization—gender, representation, and cultural studies (WGST 810), queer and sexualities studies (WGST 811), and Indigenous, transnational, and international gender justice (WGST 812). Students are required to complete the course on feminist theories (WGST 800) along with methodologies training germane to their project during their initial year; they are otherwise free to select cognate courses from across the University of Saskatchewan that best suit their unique contribution to this burgeoning interdisciplinary field.


While there are affiliated faculty in many units —the following are the core faculty members for the WGST M.A. program:

Lesley Biggs  (Grad Chair)- B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Department of History and WGSt.
Office: Arts 1022
Phone: 966-1645
Email: clb885@mail.usask.ca

Research Areas:

  • Sociology of health care professions
  • History of health care
  • Alternative medicine
  • Sociology and history of the body
  • Black history
  • Midwifery
  • Processes of professionalization
  • Feminist theories
  • Embodiment

Joan Borsa - B.A. (Sask), M.Ed. (Alta.), M.A. (Leeds), Department of Art and Art History and WGSt.
Office: Arts 909
Phone: 966-1289
Email: joan.borsa@usask.ca

Research Areas: 

  • Site-specific public art
  • Community-based art projects
  • Contemporary curatorial practice
  • New exhibition genres
  • Museum interventions
  • Specialist in cultural studies
  • visual and popular culture
  • Socially engaged practice
  • Feminist theories
  • Curatorial/museum studies

Marie Lovrod - Assistant Professor, Department of English and WGSt. 
Office: Arts 1021
Phone: 966-7538
Email: marie.lovrod@usask.ca

Research Areas:

  • Youth trauma and resiliencies 
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Intergenerational trauma and resilience
  • Feminist theory and methods
  • Queer theory and methods
  • Creative methodologies
  • Autobiography/collective auto-ethnography

Emily Snyder - PhD. Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies and WGSt.
Office: 132 Kirk Hall
Phone: 966-1925
Email: emily.snyder@usask.ca

Research Areas: 

  • Feminisms (Indigenous feminisms, feminist legal studies)
  • Indigenous laws
  • Cultural legal representations
  • Critical pedagogies and anti-colonial feminist education
  • Legal education
  • Queer Indigenous studies and law
  • Violence against women
  • Representation and aesthetics

Mirela David - PhD. Assistant Professor, Modern Chinese History and WGSt.
Office: Arts 608
Phone: 966-8861
Email: mirela.david@usask.ca

Research Areas:

  • Modern Chinese intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on gender and medical politics
  • Eugenics in praxis, particularly birth control praxis and venereal disease policies in 1930s China
  • Eugenics and love, birth cotnrol, population and sexology in 1920s Chinese women's magazines
  • Medical history
  • Gender history

Priscilla Settee - PhD., M.Ed., Full Professor, Indigenous Studies and WGSt. 
Office: Kirk Hall 134
Phone: 966-5556
Email: priscilla.settee@usask.ca

Research Areas:

  • Indigenous Foods
  • Indigenous politics
  • Social Economies in Indigenous Communities
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Protection of Biodiversity
  • Impact of Globalization on Indigenous Peoples
  • Indigenous Women's Rights
  • Food Sovereignty


Admission Qualifications

B.A. or B.A. (Hon.) in WGST or a 4-year (120 cu) undergraduate degree in a related field


Application requirements will include the following:

  • online application for admission, including application fee of $90 Cdn, at: http://grad.usask.ca/programs/womens-gender-sexualities-studies.php#Program  ;
  • three supportive and informed letters of reference (provided via on-line application; referee will receive an auto-generated email asking to submit reference letter);
  • transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions uploaded on your online application;
  • an undergraduate grade point average of at least 70% or equivalent in the last two years (normally from a B.A. or B.A. [honours] degree in Women's and Gender Studies or in a related field).  Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may be required to take a qualifying year in order to be accepted into the M.A. program, and students who have significant related work experience may provide a statement articulating the relevance of their training if they have only a three-year undergraduate degree, or if their past GPA does not reflect their current capacities for graduate study;
  • curriculum vitae (or resume) including a brief written description of previous relevant course work, grades, employment, and relevant training and life experience to be uploaded on your online application;
  • a short written statement (about 500 words) of interests and goals in Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies, including specific information on the research area the student intends to explore, rationale on why this area is of interest, and any discussions that may have taken place with any faculty member prior to application to be uploaded on your online application;
  • a sample of scholarly work in the form of a substantial essay (at least ten pages in length) to be uploaded on your online application;
  • proof of adequate knowledge of oral and written English in the case of students who received their baccalaureate from a university in which English is not the language of instruction. Click here for CGPS’s complete language requirements.


Minimum in
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Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL IBT)




International English language Testing System (IELTS)








Pearson Test of English (PTE)




Students will be admitted to the program only when it has been determined in advance that there is a faculty member available to serve as primary supervisor, with sufficient faculty support to form an Advisory Committee. The WGST Graduate Chair, with the support of the Graduate Administrative Assistant, will respond to all inquiries and advise potential applicants about admission requirements and how to meet them.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018. The Program commences September, 2018. Student intake is every two years.

For inquiries about the application process, funding, and program requirements, please contact Nadine Penner:
Phone: (306)966-5797
Email: asg.graduateprograms@usask.ca